Latest News About Black Holes

A black hole is a location in space that possesses so much gravity, nothing can escape its pull, even light. Learn more about what black holes are and the latest news.
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'Interstellar' Science: Is Wormhole Travel Possible?
A poster for the 2014 film "Interstellar" shows the spaceship Endurance flying through a wormhole.
November 24th, 2014
While wormholes are possible according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, it's unlikely that people will ever be able to travel through one, said renowned astrophysicist Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
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Supermassive Black Holes Even Heavier Than Thought
The supermassive black hole at the core of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151 has created an odd structure — seen here in a composite photo combining images taken by several different telescopes — that some astronomers have dubbed "The Eye of Sauron."
November 26th, 2014
Researchers have measured the distance to the active galaxy NGC 4151, dubbed "The Eye of Sauron," with unprecedented precision. This calculation enabled them to determine that NGC 4151's central black hole is 40 percent more massive than thought.
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Dark Matter Murder Mystery: Is Weird Substance Destroying Neutron Stars?
Dark Matter Annihilation Map
November 18th, 2014
The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests.
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Black Hole Turbulence May Stifle Star Birth
Perseus and Virgo Galaxy Clusters
November 10th, 2014
The low birth rate for stars in distant galaxy clusters is one of astronomy's long-standing mysteries. But scientists now have a new culprit in the case: cosmic turbulence from black holes.
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Rare Flickering Black Hole Jet Challenges Theories
The artist's illustration shows a close-up view of jets erupting away from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.
November 6th, 2014
A close-up view of a flickering black hole jet has scientist rethinking how these enormous eruptions form.
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Breaking Down the Science of Interstellar (Google Hangout)
Supermassive black hole conception, Interstellar
November 24th, 2014
Three leading physicists explore the science of "Interstellar."
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'Theory of Everything' Film Reveals Stephen Hawking's Personal Life
"The Theory of Everything" Movie Poster
November 14th, 2014
The new biopic "The Theory of Everything" documents the personal life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking.
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The Science of 'Interstellar': Black Holes, Wormholes and Space Travel
A theatrical poster for the 2014 film "Interstellar" shows the spaceship Endurance flying through a wormhole.
November 10th, 2014
The sci-fi epic "Interstellar" is just a movie, but it throws a lot of science on the screen for space geeks to sink their teeth into. Here's a look at some of the space-science concepts that play key roles in the film.
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